Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Issues Statement on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

May 30, 2020

 

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp issues the following statement on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis:

“During my tenure as Morris County Prosecutor, I have always made investigating and prosecuting bias crime as a top priority. No resident of Morris County should be made to feel unwelcome in this great county, and members of this office take every reported incident seriously.

I attended a virtual discussion on Friday with members of the Calvary Baptist Church. It was a powerful and emotional evening. I realize emotions are running high during what are already challenging times.

Our Professional Standards Unit, which investigates allegations of misconduct by public employees and elected officials, is one of the best in the state.

We thoroughly investigate all complaints concerning conduct of all public officials, public employees and police.  Complaint forms are located on our website, which can be utilized for that purpose.”

Attached is a message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

 

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Issues Statement on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Morris County Prosecutor and Detective Supervisor Join Virtual Town Hall Event

May 30, 2020

 

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Bias Crimes Unit joined a virtual town hall on May 29. Young Adult Sound Off!: Racism & Police Brutality discussion was organized by Morristown-based Calvary Baptist Church, co-facilitated by Pastor Jerry M. Carter Jr., Senior Pastor, and Minister Yasin Cobb.

Thirty attendees joined the heartfelt and emotional discussion, where adults of all ages shared the anger and frustration they are feeling. The evening was an impassioned and genuine conversation between members of the community and law enforcement.

Prosecutor Knapp shared his own experiences growing up Jewish, saying his office is here to listen and understand. Detective Supervisor LaGuerre recounted the training and outreach programs held by the Bias Crimes Unit, including presentations at Morris County middle and high schools to educate students about bullying. When an attendee shared an incident they experienced with a police officer, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre explained how Internal Affairs investigations operate, how to report such incidents and citizen rights during the process.

Prosecutor Knapp said “I thank Pastor Carter and Minister Yasin for inviting us to participate in this important dialogue. Many people expressed their personal feelings brought on by current events and we listened attentively.  The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office continues to prosecute bias and hate crimes whenever they occur.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected].

 

From left to right: Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp (left), Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre, and Pastor Jerry M. Carter Jr.

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Morris County Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo Announces Retirement

May 29, 2020

 

After over 15 years of service to Morris County, Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo has announced his retirement. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker and honored Detective Supervisor Occhiuzzo for his exemplary service and expressed the gratitude of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on his last day.

Having spent 27 years in law enforcement, Detective Supervisor Occhiuzzo was most recently assigned to the Weapons Return Function within the Specialized Crimes Division at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. He has also been assigned to and assisted in the Domestic Violence, Missing Persons, and General Investigations units and on the Intelligence Crime/Narcotics Gang Task Force. He also served as a driver and training coordinator for the Mobile Command Emergency Response Vehicle.

Before joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Supervisor Occhiuzzo was a member of the Carlstadt and Blairstown police departments. He holds numerous professional certifications. He has been awarded several letters of commendation and honors for exemplary service, including the Life Saving Award by the County of Bergen, Office of the Sheriff, and Life Saving Medal from the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey, both in 1998.

Prosecutor Knapp said “Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo has been a solid member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, especially the Domestic Violence Unit. He has mentored many junior detectives over his career. We thank him for his service to the residents of Morris County and wish him a healthy and safe retirement.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

 

Morris County Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo Announces Retirement

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, Detective Supervisor Mark Occhiuzzo, and Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.